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#5600548 - 02/15/15 01:44 PM 7.62x39 for hogs?
clayguy Offline
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I normally shoot hogs with 30-30 but have a 7.62x39 ar as well and have been thinking of trying on in my next hog hunt.
Anyone have much experience with this.
Thanks.

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#5600550 - 02/15/15 01:46 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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No, but I know several guys who do have experience with it. NONE are disappointed with using it.
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#5600603 - 02/15/15 02:29 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
clayguy Offline
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Thanks, I'll give it a shot.

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#5600609 - 02/15/15 02:34 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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For many years, we used a pair of SKSs to lay waste to our feral hogs.

As I got deeper and deeper into hunting pigs, I determined I needed more accuracy than an SKS could reliably produce at longer ranges.
I started using ARs and eventually bought a 7.62x39 upper with stainless barrel for my AR as I had tons of ammo already.

The 7.62x39 round shot out of an AR platform is surgically accurate and deadly on pigs.
I used FMJ and HP rounds from Wolf and took quite a few pigs.

I needed a little more range than the 7.62x39 could reach and eventually switched to 6.8x43 AR Performance chamber running warm handloads but the 7.62x39 is still carried around on my 4 wheeler around the ranch.
Having owned and used both, I would take an AR with a good 7.62x39 upper over a 300BO upper all day, everyday unless running suppressed and subsonic, which I never do anyway.
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#5600629 - 02/15/15 02:46 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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Where are you at? I have a couple boxes of HP ammo you could try on them if you're not to far.
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#5600709 - 02/15/15 03:32 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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Killed my biggest hog to date with a 7.62x39 so yep... winner winner bacon dinner.
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#5600720 - 02/15/15 03:41 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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I have had excellent luck with my AR in 7.62 x 39. up

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#5600721 - 02/15/15 03:42 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
clayguy Offline
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Nrh passthru
I figured it would work pretty well and have taken several with well placed .223 but have had my best luck with 30-30. I think the 7.62x39 is a good compromise having good accuracy and still a little thump.
Thanks for the input guys.

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#5600731 - 02/15/15 03:49 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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I've killed several pigs using Wolf 154gr soft point ammo, thinking the heavier bullet would give better penetration than the 122-124gr stuff. The 154's work OK, but hardly expand at all. I presume most folks use the lighter bullets, because they are more popular and much more available. Any thoughts on what's the best cheap ammo to use?

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#5600771 - 02/15/15 04:17 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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I have a Ruger Mini 30 I'll have to try on them, IF (and I'm certainly not wishing for it, but fear it's inevitable) hogs start showing up regularly.
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#5601600 - 02/16/15 07:22 AM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: Creekrunner]
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A have AR's in both 5.56 and 7.62 and all I use is the 7.62. I have upgraded to a 20" heavy barrel and a longer stock with a Nikon P223 scope. I will be putting a 3.5# drop in trigger this spring. It's all I will use on hogs and it is also what I deer hunt with. The farthest I've had a deer run was approx. 60 yds. I had been shooting 154 gr. Herter's soft points but I have switched over to Hornady 123 gr. Trying to drill down on the precision.

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#5604381 - 02/17/15 12:24 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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We aren't far apart. If you want to meet up and try a couple boxes of this you are welcome to it.
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#5604386 - 02/17/15 12:28 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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you know that's what poachers use in africa on elephants right?

it will kill anything on the planet if you shoot it enough times..that said HP or softpoints out of my sks leave golf ball size holes in pigs and deer..

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#5604729 - 02/17/15 04:13 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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Great round for hogs.

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#5604751 - 02/17/15 04:30 PM Re: 7.62x39 for hogs? [Re: clayguy]
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I've owned about 5 of them, over the years, and currently have a 10.5" 7.62x39 SBR. It's an adequate round for hogs, and that round shoots accurately, on the AR platform.

Only a few problems I have with it:

1. Reliability - While I've had some that were fairly reliable, many require tweaking and adjustments. Also, you have to do some additional work (enhanced firing pin) to get them to shoot cheap steel ammo. In my experience, about half the mags I buy are reliable. Trouble is you've got to take the time to go through mags and sort the good form the bad. I've had some that have pretty much shot reliable, and others that I just couldn't get to shot reliably enough to feel comfortable with.
2. Reloading - It's a .310, and not a .308, bullet. So, there are fewer options out there, most of which are 123gr. So it's not as easy to play the Super/Sub game, like with the 300 BO.
3. Drop - it has a bit too much of an arc, for me. Then again, even 300 supers have too much of an arc for me, so take that with a grain of salt. I'm just lazy, and don't like to think or adjust much between 50-200yds.

Overall, I think a 7.62x39 AR is great for plinking. It's also a great pig round. So, I'm not disagreeing with anyone about that.

But I have several 6.8spcs, and usually grab for those first. It shoots reliably, flies flat, and there are plenty of great options for reloading (85tsx-120sst, with many in-between). I can reload it pretty cheap, if I look around, but still not as cheap as 7.62x39. I also have a couple 300 BOs, and prefer them over 7.62x39 for their reliability, compatibility with AR mags/bolts, ease of reloading, and the ability to shoot subs.

Still, I own a 762x39 AR. But I always reach for a 6.8/300 BO/.308 AR 10 first. YMMV.

Having said all of this, if you do own a 7.62x39 AR, take that sucker hog-hunting!!! And if you don't reload, pick up a couple boxes of the 123r SSTs...


Edited by WhoDat (02/17/15 04:35 PM)

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